Unfortunately a number of factors have changed that are beyond out control which means that the event is no longer sustainable nor viable. Access to the trails used for the Half Marathon has been withdrawn and the fees charged to us for use of the park have also substantially increased. We have only been given the option of starting and finishing the event next to a public road which would not allow us to stage the children’s runs and prohibits us from delivering on our original objects of creating an inclusive family event.
We set out to create this event in the belief that it could become one of the most beautiful trail runs in the UK at one of the country’s most stunning castles and our focus was on making an event that was inclusive of the whole family – the highlight was always the children’s trail runs! If you attended one of our events then we hope you will have appreciated that we didn’t cut any corners in trying to put on a quality event at an affordable price.
On a positive note we are working hard to bring new running events to the region and we’re delighted to have been asked by the charity the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) to be their event partner to help them deliver their ‘CHUF Heart & Sole‘ running event in Jesmond Dene, Newcastle on 15 June. The event will feature a 5k, 10k and with a big focus on children’s runs for all ages – ‘Little Hearts, Big Day’. There will be activities on throughout the day, so if your family came to the Alnwick Trail Runner, then this will be a great event for you! Entries are now open, please visit CHUF Heart & Sole Run.
We’re also very excited about our plans to stage the Tyne Half Marathon which would start and finish on Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside and pass under the River Tyne using the Pedestrian Tunnel. This is scheduled for 2015 when the tunnel refurbishment is complete and it’s sure to be a great event with 2,000 people already having expressed their interest via the website! If you’re interested, let us know at Tyne Half Marathon.
We hope to see you at soon at another one of our events!